The Opening Rosters: Team Alpha Pro


Below is the roster for Team Alpha Pro, led by offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer and defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson.

Check out how all 6 teams are stacking up here.

QBWill Grier (@willg7533), 6-2.5, 180
Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day

Grier had a monster year on the field in 2012 with 5,785 yards passing and 69 TDs plus another 813 yards rushing and eight scores on the ground. A MaxPreps Junior All-American and All-State honoree, he was also the Quarterback MVP at the Charlotte NFTC. Rated as the No. 2 dual threat QB in the 2014 class by and No. 29 overall player, he committed to Florida in February over offers from Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee among others.
QBKeller Chryst (@KellerChryst), 6-4, 220
Palo Alto, Calif.

Chryst is rated as the No. 2 quarterback and No. 21 overall prospect in the 2014 class by ESPN. He threw for 2,489 yards as a junior with 28 TDs and 11 interceptions and off the field has a 3.7 GPA. His offers include Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, USC and Utah.
QBAndrew Ford (@Andrew_Ford7), 6-2, 190
Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff

Ford earned the Golden Ticket in Washington DC, after out-dueling a good group at the DC Elite 11 Regional and NFTC. The lefty passed for nearly 3,000 yards as a junior with 35 TDs and ran for nine more. Ford will play his college ball in Blacksburg after committing to Virginia Tech.
RBCharles Buchannon, 5-9, 185
Pleasant Grove, Ala.

Buchanon put up one of the top SPARQ Ratings of the year with a 132.21 at the Atlanta NFTC and included a 4.56 in the 40, a 4.15 shuttle time, a 41 foot power ball throw and an eye-opening 42 inch vertical. He put that athleticism to use on the field as well, rushing for 1,335 yards and 18 total yards as a junior.
RBDerrell Scott (@SilkySm00th24), 5-10.5, 185
Havelock, N.C.

Scott is listed as the No. 2 All-Purpose Back by and No. 114 prospect nationally after rushing for over 1,800 yards each of the last two years and scoring 34 times in 2012. Chosen to the D.C. NFTC All-Camp Team, he has over 20 offers including schools of interest such as Florida State, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina.
WRJuJu Smith, 6-1, 180
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Smith was a CalHiSports Jr. All-State pick after catching 47 passes for 689 yards and nine scores to lead Poly to the Pac-5 Division Championship. He's rated by as the No. 1 safety and No. 8 overall prospect in the 2014 class. Smith has already set up two trips--to Michigan and Notre Dame--and also has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah and Wisconsin.
WRErmon Lane, 6-2, 185
Homestead, Florida

Lane is the No. 1 wide receiver on ESPN's board and the No. 25 recruit overall. He was a Class 6A All-State pick in 2012 when he caught 801 passes for eight scores and also accounted for four interceptions on defense. He has over 20 offers including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC.
WRCurtis Samuel, 5-11, 180
Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus

Samuel lived up to his pre-camp hype as he ran a 4.4 in the 40 and recorded a 111.87 SPARQ Rating. A dual threat running and receiving the ball, the All-Metro pick led his team to the PSAL championship by running for 1,047 yards with 15 TDs on the year. He's the No. 82 rated prospect in the nation by 247 Sports and his college offers include Boston College, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
WRCorey Holmes (@coreyholmes4), 6-2, 175
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Holmes is ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 receiver nationally and the No. 77 overall player. He was dubbed by former NFL All-Pro receiver Cris Carter as the "next big thing" at tradition rich St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Holmes had 28 receptions for 511 yards and five TDs last season and fields more than two dozen offers including ones from early leaders Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
TEHenry Mondeaux (@hmondeaux81), 6-4, 254
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

The big-bruising tight end went for 387 yards and 11 TD's on 22 receptions for the Crusaders last season. One of the rare tight-ends that can stick his nose in there and block, Mondeaux is also a talented defensive end, adding 70 tackles and 4 sacks. Had an All-Camp performance at the Oregon NFTC the day after laying down an impressive 99.42 SPARQ Rating at the Portland Nike Combine.
OLBentley Spain, 6-5, 295
Charlotte (N.C.) Providence

Carrying a 4.0 GPA, Spain is listed as the No. 8 offensive tackle and No. 94 prospect by His college offers include Clemson, Duke, Florida, Houston, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
OLIsaiah Wynn (@iwynn77), 6-2.5, 270
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood

Wynn was Class 5A All-State last season and is No. 89 in 2014 rankings. He has 15 early offers ranging from Florida State, South Florida and Central Florida at home to schools like Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the SEC.
OLMontel McBride (@blindside6955), 6-3.5, 330
Plant City, Fla.

McBride was the Offensive Lineman MVP at the Orlando NFTC and impressed coaches with his football IQ and fundamentals in the one-on-one drills. Rated as a top 25 guard prospect by ESPN, his stock has greatly increased this spring culminating in offers from Alabama, Auburn, Central Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Florida.
OLJacob Bragg (@bigtexasjake), 6-3.5, 310
Nacogdoches, Texas

Bragg opened eyes with his OL MVP performance at the stacked Dallas NFTC. A good athlete, he laid down a 97.71 SPARQ Rating at the Dallas Nike Combine the day before when he ran a 5.42 in the 40, a 4.83 shuttle, a 27.7 vertical jump, and 41.5 power ball toss while measuring in at 6-3.5, 310 pounds. Rated as the No. 2 center in the nation by ESPN, he committed to Kansas over offers from Oregon State and Louisiana Tech.
DLAndrew Brown (@DrizoBeats), 6-4, 290
Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith

Brown is rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle and No. 3 overall player by ESPN n the Class of 2014. He turned in one of the most impressive NFTC performances for a defensive linemen this year and will pick between Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson and Florida State before getting on his plane to The Opening.
DLJosh Frazier (@JoshuaFrazier99), 6-4, 330
Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber

Frazier was an AP Super All-State selection as a junior and MaxPreps 2nd team All-American after making 65 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He's listed as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the 2014 class by 247 Sports and the No. 74 prospect overall. The mammoth defensive lineman is down to a top 5 of Arkansas, Alabama, USC, Auburn, and Texas A&M.
DLAndrew Williams (@DrewWill_79), 6-4, 245
McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing

Williams had big numbers as a junior, earning Class A All-State honors with 18 sacks and 60 tackles. He's rated as the No. 163 overall prospect by ESPN and impressed at the Atlanta NFTC when he ran a 4.99 in the 40. His 20-plus offers include favorites such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
LBDante Booker (@D_Book47), 6-3, 210
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary

Booker earned several honors as a junior including MaxPreps All-American, Army All-American, All-State and Div. III Defensive Player of the Year. Rated as the No. 89 player in the '14 class by 247 Sports, he will stay within his home state borders to play for Ohio State. Other offers included Indiana, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee.
LBRichard Yeargin III (@ryearginIII), 6-3, 220
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School

The tall defender was All-Broward Co. last year when he made 45 tackles (20 for loss) and 13 sacks.'s No. 251 prospect in 2014 has an offer list that includes Boston College, Florida, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
LBJoey Alfieri (@jalfieri4), 6-2, 215
Portland (Ore.) Jesuit

Alfieri is rated as the top prospect in Oregon by 247 Sports after a season that saw him earn All-Metro League honors on both sides of the ball as a fullback and linebacker. He earned MVP Honors at the Oakland NFTC after what linebacker coach Chris Gizzi called "the most impressive performance for a linebacker this year." Alfieri has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.
CBDamon Webb (@DameWebb), 5-10, 175
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

Webb is ranked as the No. 6 cornerback in the 2014 class by and the No. 35 player overall. He was a two-way standout scoring seven TDs as a receiver and picking off seven passes on defense. Webb will cross state borders to play at Ohio State, who he chose over other offers from major schools such as Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
CBChris Hardeman (@Chris_Hardeman1), 5-7.5, 190
Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor

Hardeman was a 18-5A All-District pick as a junior when he recorded 51 tackles and 22 pass deflections. His father, Cedric, is an assistant coach at Alief Taylor. Chris made his college choice official when he committed to LSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. has him rated as the 197th ranked prospect in the senior class.
CBDuke Dawson (@NoFLYZoNeDawson), 5-11, 197
Cross City (Fla.) Dixie Co.

Dawson had 43 tackles and two INTs last season. He committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, Tennessee and Wisconsin and is rated by ESPN as the No. 240 overall prospect in the Class of 2014..
CBIman Marshall, 6-0.5, 185 (Class of '15)
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Marshall, 247 Sports' No. 41 prospect in the 2015 class, already has offers from a dozen schools including Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Tennessee, Washington, UCLA and USC. Playing for one of the perennial top talent-producing high schools in the country, he was selected as a Sophomore All-State pick in 2012.
SAFBrandon Simmons (@GoldenMongoose2), 6-1, 185
Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview

Simmons traveled from Texas to attend the Oakland NFTC in large part so he could visit where he will play his college ball: Stanford. He has a 4.2 GPA and on the football field had 101 tackles as a junior to earn All-District 7-5A honors. rates Simmons as the No. 8 safety and No. 92 prospect in the nation.
SAFArmani Watts (Twitter), 5-10.5, 180
Forney (Texas) North Forney

Watts was a All-District 10-4A selection and went both sides of the ball, scoring nine TDs rushing and catching the ball with 22 tackles on defense. Rated as the No 215 overall prospect by, he starred in the one-on-one drills at the Dallas NFTC and has announced he will play at Texas A&M despite offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UCLA.
ATHParris Campbell (@PCampbell21), 6-0, 180
Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary

The No. 40 overall player according to impressed at the Massillon Nike Football SPARQ Combine in February when he ran a 4.47 in the 40 and recorded a 38.9 vertical jump. He came back out to the Columbus NFTC where he stood out at the wide receiver position and earned his Opening invite. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Indiana, Michigan State and Tennessee.


Updated: June 17, 2013

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